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Bartonella: More Than Skin Deep

Benefits: Bartonella and other Vector-Borne Infections Fund

Please join the Beating Bartonella community in supporting a research study led by Dr. Marna Ericson and her team at the Dermatology Imaging Center here at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Following numerous reports from clinicians and patients, an association between infection with Bartonella henselae and linear skin lesions, now called Bart-tracks (previously referred to as striae), has recently been documented in our published case report. Frequently neurological symptoms are also reported. A larger study is needed to investigate the potential role that the Bartonellae play in the development of Bart-tracks in infected patients. The goal of this study is to generate preliminary data needed to apply for grant support through traditional research funding channels. In this study, Dr. Ericson and her research team will measure the prevalence of Bartonella spp. infection in patients who present with Bart tracks using advanced imaging techniques coupled with molecular tools in blood and skin samples. Dr. Ericson will further investigate the interactions of the Bartonella with fibrillar collagen in the dermis of the skin.

Research partners include Galaxy Diagnostics where the blood and tissue will be tested for Bartonella DNA. Additionally, they are looking at the role of Bartonellosis in skin cancer and Gulf War Illness.

Please make a donation to support this research!! Bartonella infection is extremely challenging to confirm with laboratory testing. As a result, the findings form this study are of critical importance to physicians and patients in the effort to better diagnose Bartonella infections in people with chronic illness potentially associated with Bartonella infection. Your support will go directly to Dr. Ericson’s lab to support this important research.

Funds raised in excess will be used for Bartonella and other vector-borne disease research



I heard Dr. Ericson at a CME conference and her pictures using advanced imaging techniques (single and multi-photon, correlative, super-resolutioin confocal, electron microscopy, and microPET imaging, and second harmonic generation) regarding Bartonella were astounding.  To say that Bartonella is pervasive would be an understatement.

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